By George Forty
Following the profitable German invasion of the Balkans and the trap of mainland Greece, the Axis powers' focussed their attentions upon the strategic island of Crete. The island used to be Britain's final foothold within the northeast Mediterranean and was once perceived as being pivotal to the continued defence of the center East and the the most important sea-lanes resulting in the Suez Canal. via early 1941 the British place within the Mediterranean used to be wavering; in North Africa Rommel's forces have been sweeping in the direction of Egypt, and the remainder British fortresses resembling Malta have been threatened. in contrast historical past, German forces introduced an airborne assault opposed to Crete in past due may possibly 1941. Drawing upon an immense collection of modern images, allied with first-hand reminiscences from those that fought,'Battle of Crete' examines some of the most bitterly contested engagements of the early warfare years. Uniquely mentioned from the point of view of the person battling soldier, sailor and airman, this well timed exam of an incredible yet frequently missed conflict can be crucial interpreting for all historians of global conflict 2.
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